How to Maximise Natural Light in a Loft Conversion
People often convert lofts in their homes into amazing bedrooms, home offices or studios. While a Sheffield loft conversion can add much-needed space to a home, it can also be dark and dreary if not done properly. Sloped roofs and limited wall space can make adding windows difficult. Luckily, there are options that your loft builders can help you choose. Maximising natural light is key to making the most out of a loft conversion.
The Benefits of Natural Light in Your Home
Most people know that natural light is important, but they might not understand the benefits it has. Sunlight helps boost your energy and is necessary for our health. It helps our bodies produce vitamin D, which is essential for bone health, and it helps regulate our circadian rhythm, or sleep-wake cycle. Exposure to sunlight also helps improve our moods and can reduce feelings of depression.
From a practical perspective, natural light can also help reduce your need for overhead lighting and can save you money on your electric bill. It simply makes sense to get as much free light into your loft conversion as possible. However, invest in some curtains, shades, or blinds, too for those times when you prefer darkness and privacy.
Add Dormer Windows to Catch Light
One way to maximise natural light is by adding a dormer window. A dormer window is a window that projects from the sloping roof of a house. It allows for more light to enter the room and provides extra headroom. Dormers are often used in older homes to add headroom in a low-ceilinged area, but they can also be used in newer construction to provide additional light and ventilation. Options with both windows you can open and sealed ones that let in light only are available. Dormers should be designed to complement the style of the house and should be proportionate to the size of the house.
Some more information on adding dormer windows to your loft conversion:
Skylights Suit Loft Conversions Perfectly
Another way to maximise natural light is by installing a skylight. Skylights allow sunlight to pour into the room, making it feel bright and airy. Light tunnels, which are very small, usually around skylights can help. They are the perfect addition to a loft conversion, as they allow you to take advantage of the sloping ceilings that otherwise cannot handle normal windows. Skylights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can find one that will fit your specific needs. If you choose a style that opens, they provide the additional benefit of ventilation, which can help reduce energy costs.
Ordinary windows in the walls of your loft conversion makes sense and may provide enough natural light for your needs. However, if you have sloped roofs or eaves that are not tall enough for window installation, things like dormer windows and skylights can help. Get all the benefits of healthy, invigorating, and 100% free natural light in your amazing loft and enjoy the space more than you ever imagined.
Here's a link to a project we worked on that had full length windows installed to maximise the amount of natural light they could get in their loft conversion.